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Sony Xperia Z Goes on Sale in the U.S.

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The Sony Xperia Z is now on sale in the U.S. Sony store, marking the first move by Sony to officially sell the Xperia Z in the states, just ahead of a rumored T-Mobile launch.

Sony is selling the Xperia Z in black, white and purple for an agreeable $629, but users will need to give up LTE if they purchase this model. The Sony Xperia Z on sale is the HSPA+ model supporting 3G and 4G on AT&T and T-Mobile. This is a much better deal than purchasing the unlocked Sony Xperia Z from Best Buy which charges $899.

Users who need faster connections and live in A T-Mobile 4G LTE zone may want to hold off a little longer as an Xperia Z LTE model passed through the FCC on the way to T-Mobile recently.

The Sony Xperia Z is available in the U.S. Sony store.

The Sony Xperia Z is available in the U.S. Sony store.

The Sony Xperia Z will start shipping from the U.S. Sony store on May 7th and includes free shipping. There are no two-year contracts available  but users can apply for a Sony card and get a $100 credit with this purchase.

Sony announced the Xperia X at CES 2013 where it took home Gotta Be Mobile’s best smartphone of CES award thanks to the design, waterproof features and close to stock Android.

Even with a slim 7.5mm thick design Sony is able to waterproof the Xperia Z, which offers user the freedom of using the phone near water without worrying about a busted phone. The design will also keep dust out of the phone, and while not every user will be walking through a festival of colors or stuck in a desert, it is a nice feature.

The 13MP Exmor camera sensor can shoot sharp-looking photos and can record in HDR video, which is quickly becoming a standard smartphone feature. Sony also highlights the Auto mode on the Xperia Z which uses scene recognition to detect what you are taking a photo of and adjust the settings appropriately.

Read: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z

The screen of the Sony Xperia Z features the Mobile Bravia Engine 2, which automatically adjusts multiple settings to deliver a better viewing experience based on where you are.

Time will tell if Sony plans to bring the Xperia Z directly to AT&T as well as T-Mobile. For now any hope for a Verizon Xperia Z appears, just like LTE, un-supported.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

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